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“DM holding on to live coral and anchor on the reef.”
Review of Blue Sea Divers

Blue Sea Divers
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Owner description: The Blue Sea Divers Centre (certified FFESSM, CEDIP, PADI AND CMAS) is ideally located at the very heart of the action right on Beau Vallon Beach, near the marine reserve, and enjoys access to the most beautiful dive sites of the island. We organize Diving Cruises in the Inner Islands on board our Liveaboard Galatea.
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Our first introduction to diving in the Seychelles and it wasn't a good one. Overall the employees were nice and the lovely woman who runs the shop is very easy to talk to and set us up for our 2 tank dive. That is where everything took a sharp turn for the worse. During our first dive the DM was grabbing on to sections of coral that are, or were, alive in order to point to things. This is simply not acceptable under any circumstance. A mere glance from a fin or even worse grabbing live coral will severly damage it and most often kill it eventually. There was very little if any current so this practice left both of us shaking our heads underwater. Dive two a short while later was on a reef flanked by sand patches. As we descended it became clear the staff put the anchor on the reef and missed the sand. Now to be fair this could have been a mistake but its a pretty big one. No one mentioned it and there was no recognition from the staff and no one underwater gently tried to remove it. We finished the dive and they hauled the anchor up as per normal with quite a bit of labor as it was firmly wedged in the coral. This is unacceptable.

One of the opening photos on their website shows a diver holding on to the reef and gives the impresion he is holding on to a small bit of coral while giving the 'ok' sign to the camera. Really? Even if he isn't actually holding on to it you simply can not give the impression to your customers, staff, or anyone else that this is an acceptable practice. There are zero excuses for touching, holding, or molesting and eventually killing the very animals we are paying to see and the future of your business...? I accept the anchor may have been a mistake but there was no corrective action taken. I am a DM and my wife an Instructor who has worked in the industry for many years. We were left shocked and silent as we rinsed our gear, paid our money, and walked away in utter disbelief.

Lets be clear. Mistakes are perfectly okay. I make them all the time. Recognize it, correct it, and learn from it. This is a pattern at this operator. It starts with the website, continues with the DM's and everyone else that learns from them, and will continue with any divers they train. This has to stop guys. Coral bleaching, finning, and commercial fishing do enough to diiminish our underwater world. We as divers must not contrubute to the decline. We are tasked with promoting and preserving it. At least we should be.

4  Thank Eddie231
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

after 3 days of diving, day by day, we are very happy with service, dive sites and team spirit made by Blue. Sea team. We are 3 ladies who travel and dive around the world, very expierienced , more than 170 dives and we can say with full responsibility for our opinion that we recommend this dive center as save, taking care for client both on boat and under water, creating friendly atmosphere and chill out moments. We look forward to diving with them tomorrow. Have fun as we have! :)

2  Thank Dorota Z
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

If you want to visit the local hospital because an injury during your vacation, these people can help that happen!!!

If there is not an owner of the business onboard, do not get on the boat.

I dove with 1 man, 3 women, and have Padi Advanced certification myself with 32 years of experience and hundreds of dives all over the world. We were all older and more experienced than the local kid they sent to dive with us. He was okay underwater, but is not a person who takes his job and the safety of others into consideration.

He drove the boat back at too fast of a speed, soaking me from head to toe consistently in sea water, and bouncing us around so that it was difficult to stay in the boat, while he was showing off, driving with his feet and heading for the rocky shore, only to pull away when we were very close and in shallow water. I had to yell at him to slow down and drive like a responsible person. Safety is an important part of diving and boating.

I spoke with the French woman back at the shop, but another employee told me it happens all the time. There were 6 locals on the boat - 4 of them just young kids that went snorkeling.

There was a local guy onboard who was with a new diver, and he seemed like an excellent diver, and responsible person, but he did not dive with us, and did not take charge of the chaotic and dangerous situation onboard.

I believe that this business is capable of being a good diving operation, but has gotten very lax with safety, knowing that every week there are different divers that will book with them.

Equipment is so-so, and don't expect a full-service operation that runs on-time or caters to you, although we did get a beverage between dives in a cup that probably has never been washed or left the boat, and fresh coconut pieces.

We went to good dive sites - #20 and 21 on their map, and saw lots of coral and marine life, so the actual time under water was good.

But, do not get onboard with out one of their business owners onboard. The children do not behave in a responsible way when unsupervised, and only interact with each other, not the guests.

Now, back to my vacation !!!

7  Thank deana_maggard
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

I have been diving for the past 16 years and I will definitely say that Big Blue is one of the best Diving Centre on the island, they have a very good team who will take very good care with you, tips: Always plan the Dive and Dive the plan. See you at Big Blue.

1  Thank stevenR6867FD
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

Relax, pro and friendly team.
Idea dive center for discovering Seychelles underwater.
They organize four rotations per day.
Perfect divemaster. Thanks Rachid for your friendly attitude.

1  Thank julianbone
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